Mumbai: The farmers’ leader and member of Parliament Raju Shetti has threatened to cut the milk supply of Mumbai from July 16 if the cow milk producing farmers are not given direct subsidy of Rs 5 per litre.
Mr Shetti announced this agitation in Mumbai on Saturday. For last few months, issue of falling prices of milk and milk powder has become contentious and politically important. Meanwhile, the state government has appealed to Mr Shetti to not take such a step otherwise he would face stiff restrictions from the authorities to deter him from going ahead with his agitation.
“We held a Morcha in Pune on June 29 to address problems faced by milk producing farmers. But state government is not ready to pay attention. As of now production cost of one litre cow milk has reached Rs 35. But farmers are getting only Rs 15 to Rs 18. So, the state government should give direct per litre subsidy to farmers,” demanded Mr Shetti.
Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana leader also demanded the removal of milk powder and butter from Goods and Services Tax. “We will not allow milk from any direction to come to Mumbai from July 16.” he said.
Meanwhile, revenue minister Chandrakant Patil appealed Mr Shetti to not take such a step. “Is Mumbai in Pakistan that you are taking such an extreme step and cutting the supply of city? Government will take a decision soon,” said Mr Patil.